Books I’m Currently Working On
I get asked a lot about what new things I’m working on, and since I’m always working on something, I thought I’d share it with you. Currently, I am working on five books for publication:
Discovering the Kingdom: Theological Foundations for Jesus Radicals (with Paul Eddy) (Publisher pending: projected publication date, 2010). Some of the perspectives of Woodland Hills Church where I am senior pastor are a bit atypical by standard American “evangelical” standards. Specifically, our intensely Christ-centered understanding of God; the centrality of Spiritual warfare; our perspective on the problem of evil; our Christus Victor view of the atonement; our understanding of salvation and discipleship (they are inseparable); and our view of the church as intensely communal are all outside-the-box of standard evangelicalism. We decided we needed a foundational theology book to bring everybody “up to speed” and introduce new comers to our distinct perspectives. Paul Eddy and I are in the process of writing this book.
Jesus Verses Jehovah: Wresting With the Genocidal God of the Old Testament in Light of the Crucified God of the New (Publisher pending: projected publication date, 2010). How could the God revealed in Christ who gave his life out of love for all people be the same God who commanded his people to engage in genocide against the Canaanites? For all who believe our understanding of God and our lifestyle should be exclusively based on Jesus, this is the most important, and the most difficult, theological question we face. I’ve probably read close to a thousand books and articles on this topic, but I know of no work that contains all the elements needed to adequately address this issue and that is written at a lay person’s level. This book intends to fill that void.
A Transformed Transcendence: Being and Becoming in Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christian Theology (Myth of the Blueprint, Vol. 1: InterVarsity Press, projected publication, 2013). In this volume I trace the themes of being and becoming in ancient Hellenistic philosophy and early Christian theology up to Boethius. I hope to demonstrate that the classical Christian understanding that God (ultimate being) is devoid of becoming and is therefore immutable, impassible and atemporal arises from Hellenistic philosophical assumptions rather than Scripture.
A Transformed Sovereignty: Providence, Free Will and Evil in Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christian Theology (Myth of the Blueprint, Vol. 2: InterVarsity Press, projected publication, 2013). In this volume I trace the themes of providence, fate, free will and evil in ancient Hellenistic philosophy and the early church. I hope to demonstrate the traditional Christian assumption that everything that comes to pass in history directly or indirectly reflects God’s will (what I call the blueprint world view) arises out of pagan philosophy rather than the biblical tradition.
The Cosmic Dance: What New Scientific Theories are Teaching Us About God, Time, Freedom and Life (publisher pending, projected publication 2010). I hold that the western world is right now undergoing a major paradigm shift, due in large part to new advances in science over the last hundred years. We are moving away from the classic Newtonian, deterministic worldview to a much more open, dynamic worldview. In this book I attempt to show how neuroscience, quantum theory, chaos theory, complexity theory, non-equilibrium dynamics and even relativity theory each contribute to a picture of reality as an open-ended dance. This may sound very academic, but what makes this book particularly interesting is that I’m striving to present this material in a readable, humorous way that lay people can understand. I’m working with an artist (Nathan Malvig), a graphic designer (Jim LePage) and a photographer (Marcia Erickson) to provide artistic illustrations on every page. The result is a science/philosophy book that reads a bit like a graphic novel.
Reviews: Imitating the life of Jesus isn’t solely about embracing his message of love, sacrifice and service, according to evangelical pastor Boyd. In his latest book, the author of The Myth of a Christian Nation also asserts that becoming part of the “beautiful revolution” means rebelling against everything that is incompatible with that way of…
Greg and Thomas talk about Open Theism and how Greg’s views differ from Thomas’s. Theology nerds, get your compass and your flashlight and prepare to go DEEEEEP in the weeds! Thomas’s book: God Can’t Episode 487 http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0487.mp3
Endorsements: “Trinity and Process is meticulous in detail, fair in attitude and approach, and represents a genuine contribution to the study of process theology. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the ongoing debate over the nature of God in contemporary theology and philosophy of religion.” –Roger Olsen, Bethel College “This is the…
Endorsements: “Anything but another run-of-the-mill evangelical book, it is radical and revolutionary. It will make readers think critically about some traditional evangelical habits of the heart.” –Roger Olson, George W. Truett Theological Seminary “The local church is called to be God’s community of redemption rather than the exclusive clique of rejection it has often become.…
Greg and Dan critique Jordan Peterson’s book “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.” Here is a link to that book: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0358.mp3
Assessing Peterson’s 12 Rules of Life Four months ago a young woman approached me after a church service, handed me 12 Rules of Life while saying, “You really needed to know what this guy is saying.” I’m so glad she did! To be frank, given the buzz I’d heard about Peterson throughout the previous year,…